Six unusual ice cream flavours to try on your travels
Whether you prefer salted caramel or cookie dough, or traditional flavours like chocolate and vanilla – us Brits tuck into around five litres of ice cream each, every year! We’re not alone in our love of this frozen delight. More ice cream is sold in China than anywhere else on earth, but it’s the Norwegians who eat the most, at around nine litres a year each. Have you tried these six, very different, ice creams from around the world?
Gelato usually contains less fat than traditional ice cream because it’s made from more milk and less cream – good news if you’re watching your waistline! It’s also churned at a slower rate resulting in a denser texture.
The Greek word for ice cream is pagoto, and in the artisan ice cream shops of Athens you’ll find it flavoured with figs, raisins and other wonderful local ingredients.
In Japan, you might spot mochi ice cream on the menu. Mochi is a sticky rice cake which is rolled into balls, roughly the size of a golf ball, filled with ice cream and then coated with toppings such as honey or cocoa. Popular flavours include strawberry, mango and green tea.
A traditional treat once found in India’s street markets, Kulfi is a blend of condensed milk, sugar and exotic flavours like saffron and cardamom. It has a dense and creamy texture and is often served on a lollipop stick, topped with crunchy pistachios.
Chinese fried ice cream
Fried ice cream is becoming increasingly popular in Asia, and the Chinese use flavours such as green tea and red bean, fried in tempura batter.
America’s Ben & Jerry’s
One of the most iconic ice cream brands of all time, Ben and Jerry’s opened its first shop in Vermont in 1978. You can learn how this famous ice cream is made and sample your favourite flavour, on a tour of the factory in Waterbury.